Allah, All-Knowing and Most-Just, tells us that:
“Everyone shall taste death. And only on the day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the fire and admitted to Paradise he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception.” (3: 175)As a result of this inevitable death, following which is undoubtedly (as Allah has made this clear our death is not the end) the Last Day, a Muslim's entire life and being is affected through knowledge of, and belief in, the Last Day. This is the Day when all will be held to account for everything that they have done within their life. Allah says:
“So by your Lord, We will surely question them all. About what they used to do.” (15: 92-93)Reflection upon this alters the entire understanding of a believer. There does not exist a meaningless moment, rather every moment is meaningful and carries ever-lasting consequences. May Allah make us among those who are granted His Mercy upon that Day. For surely our deeds alone will not equate the reward of Paradise. May Allah forgive us our short-comings and mistakes and guide us. May He protect us from the results of those who are heedless. About those who are not successful on that Last Day Allah says they will say:
"My Lord! Send me back,... "So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!" No! It is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is Barzakh (a barrier) until the Day when they will be resurrected." (Surah Mu'minun 99-100)And, further Allah tells us:
"But as for he who is given his record in his left hand, he will say, "Oh, I wish I had not been given my record. And had not known what is my account." (69:25-26)Thus a Muslim's belief in the Last Day affects his or her entire being. It drives the Muslim away from evil and pushes a believer toward the good. It is not only the reward we seek and the punishment we want to avoid, but the One who Created everything, the One who we worship, Allah alone, we wish to draw near to.
And, Allah knows best.
A reminder for myself from the Words of Allah: "So hasten towards all that is good". (2:148)